Why Homeschool Teens?
|1. Continue the Family-Building Process|
2. Cement Family Relationships
3. Provide an Excellent Learning Environment
4. Individualize Education Based on Needs
5. Accelerate Academic Progress
|6. Have Direct Influence over Peer Relationships|
7. Protect from the Pressure to Conform
8. Maintain Flexibility
9. Create a Safe Learning Environment
10. Allow God to Show Himself Strong
2 Chronicles 16:9 says, "For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him." Let us look to God and trust Him as our provider during these special years.
The above, and following ?information was gathered from HSLDA’s website.
|HSLDA Short Video Series; their high school consultants will teach you how to:|
WEEK 1 - Developing a 4-Year High School Plan - Carol Becker
WEEK 2 - Recordkeeping for High School - Diane Kummer
|YouTube Link - Week 2|
WEEK 3 - Transcript Preparation Tips - Diane Kummer
|YouTube Link - Week 3|
WEEK 4 - Career Possibilities for Teens - Carol Becker
|YouTube Link - Week 4|
Record Keeping Ideas
What records do I need to keep for my high schooler?
Record keeping is important during the high school years. In 9th grade begin keeping accurate records of the courses your child takes:
It is also a good idea to keep separate reading lists of the various books your child reads for class work and for pleasure during the high school years. Keeping accurate records each year will save you much time and effort when creating a transcript for your child.
What is a high school transcript and why do I need one?
Transcripts are records of the courses that your children completed in high school, the credit earned for each course, and each course’s final grade. Transcripts also include personal information used for identification purposes and usually a grade point average (GPA). Colleges and other post-high school institutions will likely request a transcript from your child in order to consider him for admission.
Samples can be found at HSLDA’s website.
Ready to calculate the GPA
Once you’ve assigned final grades and determined credit for each course in a given year, you can then calculate the yearly GPA. The first step is to convert each letter grade to letter points. For standard high school courses, this is the typical conversion chart:
Dual enrollment (concurrent enrollment)
One option used by many homeschoolers is enrolling as a high schooler at a community college. Through these classes, your teen can earn both high school and college credit (this is usually called “dual enrollment”). Aside from offering instruction in subjects you may feel inadequate to teach, community college classes will save you money in the future if your student enters college and is able to transfer his credits (check with the four–year college of your teen’s choice to make sure his community college credits will transfer). Because some freshman scholarships have limits on dual enrollment credits, parents and students should ascertain if there are scholarship restrictions. Be proactive to check with the colleges administering the scholarships. If your student plans to transfer to a four–year college rather than apply as a freshman, his freshman status is not an issue.
Generally, a one-semester three-credit college course is equal to a year-long one-credit high school course. Again, since local policies may differ, it is best to check with a specific college or state to see how they treat dual enrollment courses.
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